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Frequently Asked Questions

In this section we answer those questions you guys and gals always ask and will happily answer any more questions you have! To ask the team a question click here.

Should I take my gap year in Australia or New Zealand? I think we are a bit biased on this website as we love NZ so much, but both New Zealand and Australi...
What's the drinking age in New Zealand? The drinking age in New Zealand is 18, the same as the UK. You'll also be happy to know that you can...
What's my luggage allowance? Right, your luggage allowance is currently based on one thing - whether you fly through America on y...
Can I use my mobile phone in NZ? Roaming with your British mobile phone can be an expensive option for a long period of time. We woul...
How do I get a New Zealand tax number? To get yourself a tax number you need to complete the application form which can be found on the Inl...
How much will I get paid in NZ? Obviously it depends on what sort of work you are doing, but the basic pay rate for hotel or shop wo...
How do I find permanent accommodation? Much like the UK, there are lots of flatmate ads in the local papers so you won't have a problem sha...
Where should I start in New Zealand? The classic place to start your trip would be in
What's the best transport option? The eternal question!! The best thing about New Zealand is that there are loads of great ways to get...
Can I use UK cash cards in New Zealand? You will have no problem using your UK cash cards as long as they have a Maestro or Visa/Mastercard ...
Are there any music festivals in New Zealand? Certainly are! Every January the biggest Australasian music festival, the Big Day Out, comes to Auck...
Should I take my laptop with me? Ony take your laptop if you really need to as the weight and worry of losing it may end up spoiling ...
Is there wireless internet in New Zealand? Yes! There are now lots of wireless hotspots in the cafes and information centres in towns. All star...
Can I get a second working holiday visa? In general you are only allowed one working holiday visa in your lifetime. However, Bunac recently w...
How much are flights to New Zealand? Well, that depends... Based on the time of year you want to travel and the current offers available ...
Can I work picking fruit in New Zealand? You certainly can! Fruit picking, thinning and packing are common jobs that gappers and backpackers ...
What are the hostels like? Hostels are the main accommodation that travellers stay in when in NZ and they offer both long term ...
Can I drive in New Zealand? If you have a valid UK drivers licence then you are eligible to drive in New Zealand for up to a yea...
What accommodation should I stay in? The most common form of accommodation for backpackers and gappers are youth hostels. But don't worry...
Is hiring a campervan a good idea? When you arrive in New Zealand you'll see that campervans and motorhome are a popular option as they...
What is the driving like in New Zealand? In the towns and cities and the main link roads it is very similar to the UK (with one or two small ...
What are the seasons and holidays in New Zealand? Because New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere the seasons are exactly opposite to ours in the UK...
What are the alcohol and drinking laws in New Zealand? New Zealand doesn't have a minimum alcohol drinking age but it does have a legal purchase age which ...
How warm is the water for swimming, surfing etc? Because of the various currents which feed the near shore waters of New Zealand, sea temperatures va...
Will I see a Kiwi? Unless you go to a zoo or on a specialised trip it is highly unlikely although not impossible (we ar...
Can I extend my visa if I decide I want to stay in New Zealand longer? It is highly likely you might want to stay longer in this amazing country and the answer is yes, you...
Should I visit both the North and the South Island or are they the same? They very definitely are not the same. In fact they are so different they might as well be two total...
Is it safe to travel alone as a woman in New Zealand? We can tell you first up that there are heaps and heaps of solo travellers in New Zealand, male and ...
What sort of clothes should I pack? New Zealand’s territory, terrain and climate is so varied that pretty much a little of everything is...
Do I need any vaccinations for New Zealand? New Zealand is a wonderful destination for so many reasons, not least of all because there are no po...
Does New Zealand have good beaches? The quick answer is yes – and no matter quite how you define good. There are tons of beaches; a fact...
Do I need travel health insurance? If you are intending to work under the working holiday visa scheme then the answer is yes – being in...
What kind of things can I see and do on a Gap Year in New Zealand? Simply put, what you can’t do in New Zealand is a far, far shorter list than what you can. New Zeala...
What is New Zealand night-life like? That will depend where you are and how wild you want to go. In the cities you will always find a mix...
Is New Zealand good for hiking? You bet it is, although you might hear it more commonly referred to as tramping here. Many consider ...


 

 

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